Strengthening frontline services

The NSW Government continues to invest in public services and infrastructure to deliver better services sooner and closer to home for communities across New South Wales. This includes delivering world-class healthcare and hospitals

Regional health

Every person in modern Australia is entitled to the very best health care that science can offer. A person's health should not depend on whether they live in the city or in the regions. This budget invests in the building frontline services for our growing State, including:

  • $2.4 billion over 10 years to increase the regional workforce with strategies to address the future pipeline of healthcare workers. This includes:

    • increasing health training positions locally in rural areas

    • supporting professional development of the rural workforce

    • providing recruitment and retention incentives to support sustainable workforce supply.

  • $149.5 million to boost patient travel and accommodation assistance by improving access to timely health care and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients.

  • Attracting key workers to the regions with $9.0 million for a Regional Concierge Service focusing on factors outside work that influence a person's decision to live and work in regional areas.

  • Enhancing the regional health directory with $3.0 million to deliver an expanded customer-centric and geographically based health directory.

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